- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Council member Mary M. Cheh will discuss the preliminary results of an investigation into Mayor Vincent C. Gray’s hiring practices at a meeting Aug. 24.

Mrs. Cheh, who until recently was chairman of the Committee on Government Operations, said it is appropriate to issue a report “on what is known now,” rather than wait for a resolution to legal matters involving Sulaimon Brown, a key witness who raised the most dramatic allegations against Mr. Gray and his team.

The report will cover what has been learned from 25 hours of public testimony from 19 witnesses, with a supplemental report this fall if more can be gleaned from Mr. Brown, according to a letter Mrs. Cheh sent Tuesday to fellow committee members.

Mr. Brown, a minor mayoral candidate in 2010, says he was paid and promised a city job to bash incumbent mayor Adrian M. Fenty on the campaign trail. He was hired to a $110,000-per-year job and then fired, prompting him to go public with the accusations.

Mrs. Cheh, Ward 3 Democrat, said a Superior Court judge has instructed Mr. Brown and the council’s general counsel to appear before the court on Sept. 15 to address whether Mr. Brown should hand over certain documents related to the investigation.

Mr. Brown spoke about the documents in his testimony before the committee on June 6 and provided them to members of the media and federal investigators, according to Mrs. Cheh.

“Due to Mr. Brown’s dilatory behavior, it is unlikely that we will receive copies of his records until the fall,” Mrs. Cheh said in the letter. “In order for the Committee to reach a timely conclusion on allegations of nepotism, excessive salaries, and other matters, I believe that it is most appropriate for the Committee to issue a report on what is known now, with leave for the Committee to issue a supplemental report in the fall if new information becomes available.”

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